Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Flag Day Research Unit for K-2nd Grade!

Hi Everyone!!! 

Check out our favorite activities to teach all about Flag Day. This is a fantastic way to end the year with students (if you go through the third week in June like we do!). The unit is eye-catching, engaging and extremely relevant! 

We have made it easy for all of the tired teachers out there with ready to print reading comprehension workbooks, a PowerPoint presentation, vibrant vocabulary cards, detailed lesson plans and SO MUCH more! Take a look below to see what is included in our week-long Discovering Flag Day Research Unit for K-2. We are even giving you a FLAG DAY FREEBIE which is exclusive to our readers :) Keep reading for more ideas!
Check out the different activities and lessons that are included in the Flag Day unit!

PowerPoint Presentation

Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking. Display on SmartBoard, projector, or tablets!

Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic.

Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.

Anchor Chart

Use the colorful pictures and text at the end of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.

As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.

Vocabulary Cards and Flip Book

Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.

Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.

Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.

Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.
Student Workbook
Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.

Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting.

Graphic Organizers and Writing Paper
Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.
There are 2 options for handwriting lines to easily differentiate.

Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work

Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.

Try out parts of this unit for FREE by clicking the link right here! Then, come back and let us know how your students enjoyed using it for a chance to be entered in another resource giveaway!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Summer Math Crafts for First Grade

The end of the school year is nearing and what better way to target first grade math skills review than incorporating easy-to-prep, FUN math craftivities. Students enjoy cutting, pasting and matching to create unique projects that can be easily differentiated to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom. Math craftivities are visually appealing, and make instant eye-catching bulletin board displays. Check out some more below, and score a *freebie* while you’re here!
Sweet, Sweet Addends
Students will compose 3 addends that make their special number that is on their straw. Numbers are within 21. This can be easily differentiated by having students find two numbers instead of three. Throw in some real lemonade to beat the heat towards the end of the school year!
Beach Ball Number Sense
Students will automatically add and subtract with their knowledge of base ten. Need to differentiate? We have you covered! There are different number options up to 120 and offer a hundreds chart to students that need it. 
Broken Up Sun
Could there be a better way to review fractions than working with a vibrant summer sun? Students will write fractions for each part of the sun. Multiple suns are included to easily differentiate. 
Word Problem Watermelons
These word problems include addition, subtraction and missing addends. Make these watermelons look even more delicious by printing them on astrobrights paper and display in the hallway or on your favorite bulletin board :)
>>Grab these delicious Word Problem Watermelons as a freebie right here !<<
If you are wondering about the bright Astrobrights paper we use and love to make our crafts POP, you can check it out right here. We have found that amazon has the best price for it! Enjoy!
Check out how one of our favorite teacher displayed our math crafts last year!

If you want to see more, check out the seasonal craftivities on Teachers Pay Teachers! We also bundled all 4 seasons together as well as 6 holidays at a discounted price.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

5 Tips to Help Students Master Vocabulary

5 Tips to Help Students Master Vocabulary

Hi, teacher friends! Let’s talk about an important topic that is part of just about every classroom…teaching vocabulary! We know that understanding vocabulary is highly connected to reading comprehension, and allows students to communicate their thoughts and express ideas about a topic.

Vocabulary acquisition is a BIG part of our science and social studies units. Check out 5 ways to help students acquire vocabulary in your classroom starting NOW!

  1.       Exposure, exposure, exposure!!!!
--Did you know that it can take students anywhere from 4-40 exposures to learn a new word? This is all dependent on their previous vocabulary knowledge, but for many of our students, this background knowledge can be limited. It is our job to provide direct and indirect exposure of words, so make sure to provide many opportunities for this!

   2.    Read Alouds and Independent Reading
--Choose books for your class that emphasize the content and vocabulary words from the unit you are studying. If you are using one of our pocketbook units, there are titles listed for perfect texts to choose from!

This book by Gail Gibbons is a favorite with our students when we learn about Tornadoes! 

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3. Choose or create your non-fiction text so that the vocabulary words stand out amongst the other words with bold text, underline or using a different font. This allows the students to see how the word is used naturally within context and will allow them to generalize the information. Each of our science and social studies units includes reading comprehension workbooks that have the embedded vocabulary in a different bold font allowing the words to stand out.

4. Incorporate Hands-On Activities to reach those kinesthetic learners. Decide what your students enjoy best and try incorporating that into each unit. Create movements to go along with each word, play charades or incorporate centers with puzzle pieces {vocabulary word-definition-picture} to reinforce understanding. We include puzzle pieces in this format with every unit!

5. Explicit Instruction. Since your students are coming to you with a wide range of background knowledge, its important to level the playing field in the beginning of the unit. TEACH the meaning behind each word with several different visuals. We like to pair clip art pictures along with real photographs whenever possible. We also like to use hands-on vocabulary flip books for the most important words in each unit. Students have an opportunity to write the definitions, cut and paste to match the corresponding picture and share with a partner.

Check out one of our pocketbook units to enhance science and social studies vocabulary in your classroom!

Discovering The Solar System Pocketbook MEGA Unit
Cloud Types, Water Cycle, Weather Tools Pocketbook Research Unit